Sunday, 31 March 2019

3 bike ride Sunday 31 March

BEWARE clocks go forward !
Give me a ring if you look like being a little late and we will wait or arrange a meeting point.

The ride starts at 0930 (BST) Tarn Lane End Burton in Kendal (GRef SD 529 760)
The route (55mi and 670m ascent) is largely flat. There is little wind predicted but it's flat so what there is will be noticeable! Good practice at following a wheel?

Borwick/Over Kellet/Caton/Quernmore/through to Booths Garstang for lunch stop. Returning via the flat lands to Lancaster Nether Kellet etc)

Good opportunity to get to know the S of the area if you have not already been treated to one of Keith and Cathy's rides.
The route may be changed to take advantage of cake and ice-cream stops!
Hope to see some of you out.
GPX here if you want it but there may be variations

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Fife Again - Space for a Lad?

So far no takers for the female space, but .....

...... We've sussed can also accommodate a male, provided they are happy to use lodge's guest bed (may be on the small side as intended for teenager) or better still  airbed (I have one) and kip on that in eg the large twin room in the 8 person lodge with another couple of lads, probably Parker and myself.

Just let me know if interested.

Bowland Forest Populaire

CTC Lancaster & South Lakes

Bowland Forest Populaire: Sunday 28th April 2019

This year’s Bowland Forest Audax Populaire, an annual cycle tourist event organized by CTC Lancaster & South Lakes, is the 17th of the series.

For 3 years now the ride has been reorganized in order to join with the annual Scarecrow Festival in Wray. The route was redesigned to start & finish in Wray.

As last year the route starts and finishes at the Village Institute, Wray – starting at 09:00. The course circumnavigates the eastern section of the Bowland Forest in an anticlockwise direction and is almost entirely on minor roads.

The basic route outline is:
Wray – Claughton – Caton Green – Quernmore XR – 5 Lane Ends – Harrisend Fell – Oakenclough – Bleasdale - Chipping
Whitewell – Dunsop Bridge – Slaidburn – Tosside – Wigglesworth – Rathmell - Eldroth – Keasden – Mewith Lane – Wray.

The event is open to all cyclists and is approx. 102km / 64 miles long. It is not a race and riders may take between 5 hours and
8 ½ hours to complete the course.

There will be marshaled checkpoints at both Chipping [42km] and Rathmell [80km] plus 2 information checks [at 23km & 61km respectively]

Further details & entry forms are available from Mike Hutchinson,
CTC Lancaster & South Lakes.
Entries from members of Cycling UK / CTC or of Audax UK cost £5;
non members pay an extra £3 to cover insurance costs. *

* It is essential that all riders have 3rd Party Insurance for the duration of the ride.

Mike Hutchinson, 18 Lawnswood Avenue, Lancaster LA1 4NZ
‘phone [01524] 36061 e-mail:

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Music Session 1st April at Ousby

Don't think many of EV are musically inclined, but we are organising a 'session' at Ousby community Hall to try and get our hall used more. Here's the info if any of you fancy 'performing' or just listening:

To find hall.: Come into Ousby village via the turning off the A686 1.5 miles beyond Langwathby. Reach Fox pub after 2 miles and immediately after its car park turn left. Follow road for half a mile past village green and a road entering from the right and you will find the hall, obvious car park in front.

Ousby Music

Acoustic music/folk session at Ousby community

Play, sing, 'jam'
along, recite, tell a joke or just listen. Anything goes, all abilities and
very informal at this our second session.

Monday April 1st – 7.30pm on. Small cost to cover hall hire.

Tea & coffee
available, but bring your own alcohol / soft 

Just turn up …. or contact:
Les & Ruth Meer
01768 881894 or

Fife - Female Space available

We had a full complement of 28 which beautifully filled the 1x8 and 5x4 bed lodges, including male/female mix of double and twin beds.

Unfortunately have just had a female drop out, so would love to fill her space and return her money!

So if there is a lady out there, member or friend who would like to take her place sharing a twin bedded room with another lady, please let me know.

Total cost is £160.

Thanks - Les

Monday, 25 March 2019

Wed 27 th March 2 bike ride

Depending on weather conditions, the ride will be as published  : -

Start 09:30 at Greystoke Car Park.
Proceed to Keswick for Lunch via Johnby, Caldbeck, Uldale Common, Bassenthwaite village, and Applethwaite ( distance 27 miles )
    From Lunch return to Greystoke via Burns, Thelkeld, Scales, Troutbeck, Whitbarrow Village and Greystoke Moor ( Distance 14 miles )
   Overall distance 41 miles.
Depending on weather conditions, the time of arival at the A66 crosroads beyond Wallthwaite; with the agreement of the riders, an extra 3 mile loop could be added to go via Mungrisdale and Berrier ( making the overall distance 44 miles ).
  I hope there is a good turnout on the day.

Overheard on a clubrun

Geoff A: “I’m going to build a Small Hadron Collider in my shed.”
Parker: “What on earth for? I hope you don’t put Culgaith into a black hole or we’ll lose Mrs Miller’s tea rooms”
G “My bottom bracket in the titanium bike has seized up again.”
P: “Have you tried spraying it with Plusgas?”
G: “Yes, but it didn’t work so I’m going to bombard the bottom bracket with Higgs Bosons.  If that fails, I may even try gravitons. That should loosen it off.”
P: “What’s a Higgs Boson?”
G: “To understand that you would need to know what a WIMP is.”
P: “Of course I know; it’s someone who doesn’t go on clubruns if it looks like rain.”
G: “That’s true, but actually it stands for “Weakly Interacting Massive Particle.”"
P: "Oh, I know what you mean; it's a description of an overweight motorist."
G: "No it's not that either, it's a concept in quantum mechanics."
P: “Oh. All right. Tell you what, I’ll ask you about something I’ll understand. Being from Yorkshire, you’ll know this.”
G: “What’s that then?”
P: “Is it ‘t’internet’ or ‘t’thinternet’?”
G; (feigning a clip on Parker’s ear) “Cheeky blighter!”

Friday, 22 March 2019

Sunday 24 th 2 bike ride

Sundays 2 bike ride starts at 9.30 from Beacon Edge cemetery lay bye,  Penrith. We are going to Morland for coffee at 11ish then Acorn bank for a latish lunch. We will probably take a picnic lunch as the weather looks good. Hope to see lots of you out. Phil and Rosie.

Helmets - Latest Info.

For the first time, I've come across a scientific study comparing "normal" (polystyrene based) cycle helmets with a new version, which appears to give much better protection. and the other link is ... esting.pdf

It shows that there is very little protection from a standard helmet compared to the "wavecel" version. there is of course a high cost - £200 for one!

If anyone is interested, there is a thread on this issue on the CUK Forum

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Should Cyclists Be Licensed & Insured?

This LINK takes you to questions & answers in the House of Lords on Monday that I know some of you will find interesting regarding whether or not cyclists should be licensed & insured.


Friday 22 March. Mountain Bike Ride

The start at 9.30 is from the car park at High Row, above Dockray, OS ref 380 219.
The ride is mainly on a track. There is one technical part at the west end of the Coach Road .
It is a good route for trying out mountain biking, the technical part is walkable.
All welcome

Monday, 18 March 2019

Wed 20th Starting at Hesket Newmarket, car park

Hi All
The weather forecast is encouraging. This ride takes in a lanes near Wigton, some of these are mucky with potholes. So there will be a need to be careful. The ride will take longer than might be expected.
However it an interesting area
Best wishes

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Hungry in Hungary?

Friday 22 March - 'a bicycle ride across the USA' - 7.30 pm

Jeff Trueman will be giving his talk in aid of the Langwathby village hall new roof. 4500 miles from Coast to Coast in 4 months, Jeff encountered bears and rattlesnakes, cowboys and Indians, mountains and deserts, snow and hurricanes as well as generous hospitality and lasting memories. £5 at the door - support it if you can!

Friday, 15 March 2019

2 Bike Ride - Sun 17 th March

Starting at Frenchfield 09:30

Hope to go ahead with the ride, weather permitting.
   Frenchfield to Orton 16 miles for 11's.
Then across Sunbiggin to Appleby for Lunch 14 miles.
   Return back to Frenchfield about 14 miles.
Total distance 44 miles.
   We can always cut the ride short and just go to Appleby for Lunch if need be !.
But please check Blog early Sunday morning in case ride is cancelled.

Bill H

Monday, 11 March 2019

Wednesday 13 March: three-bike ride; rolling scenic journey with fantastic views

I have shortened the advertised ride, a journey that is full of fantastic views!   The 50 mile route (80 km) has total ascent of 1500 m.  It starts at Under Loughrigg, Ambleside and heads south through rolling Beatrix Potter country to Newby Bridge. Travelling west, we cross limestone commons and river valleys, passing Bouth, Oxen Park, Subberthwaite Common and the River Crake valley, thereupon reaching Broughton Mill.  We head north up Dunnerdale, passing Seathwaite, Cockley Beck and Wrynose Pass, before descending Little Landgale and finishing at Ambleside.

We shall start at 9.30 am, at Grid Reference 371045, at the River Rothey footbidge that connects Under Loughrigg road with Rothey Park, Ambleside. Yellow single line parking restrictions apply to overnight parking.

Soup, sandwiches and more are available at the Newfield Inn, Seathwaite lunch stop!  Morning coffee at either Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Haverthwaite or Bouth (opening time homework required).  The stop ride split is about 25 km, 30 km and 25 km. Cycle time about 5 hrs, plus stops. See you then.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Sun10th March 2 Bike Ride

Starting at Dalston at 9:30, First stop Watchtree (10) miles for Coffee.
 Head for Anthorn via Fingland, then follow the Solway coast to Bownes.
 A picnic in Bownes Wall start shelter (27 miles). Return to Dalston by Longburgh and Great Orton.

Garmin connect  distance 41.06 miles, Elevation gain 623 ft.

Friday, 8 March 2019

TriVets (Triennial Veterans (over 50s)) 12 June 2019

Hello Folks,

As many will know we are running a TriVets event centred on Newton Rigg on 12th June this year.

Many of the club’s members have volunteered to lead/marshal/help on the day and we are very grateful to them for that. But the event is open to anyone who fancies the challenge of doing 100mi or 100km in a sociable organised group at a suitable speed. (You can choose). 

Details of the event are on the website and as you will see refreshments and lunch are provided. If you enter now you will be assured of a place but we have to limit the numbers so it will be strictly first come (and paid!) first served.

We are expecting several applications from out of the area so it will be fun to show off our beautiful Eden Valley to other enthusiastic riders.


Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Ride from Shap 6 March

Hi all
Looks as if it will be wet tomorrow but not quite so wet later on.
See you at Shap car park 9.30

Wed 6 March - tomorrow

There isn't a 2-bike ride so I propose to do my circuit from Frenchfields to the Pot Place for 11s and on to UpFront for lunch. Which loop I choose will depend on the weather, the company and how wet we feel like getting! I think the rain will ease off so propose to depart at 10 am - please note later depart time now that the normal rides are starting at 9.30 with 11s now at 11!
Maybe will see a few of you out...

Sunday, 3 March 2019

MtB ride Friday 8th

The mountain bike ride next Friday is at The Forest of Ae, one of the Seven Staines mtb trails, north of Dumfries. The ride starts from the Naze car park which is 1 km beyond the main car park at grid ref NX 983902 at 10.30am. Any questions phone 07810751189. The red route is really good and takes from 3 to 4 hours. I will be taking a picnic with me.
Hope to see some of you there. Phil

Friday, 1 March 2019

Ride on Sunday 3rd March

The ride will start from Raughton Head (CA5 7DD) leaving at 09:30 Sunday morning. Raughton Head House is in centre of hamlet about 20m or so to left of white painted house on left of telephone box. There is parking for a couple of cars in courtyard in front of house, otherwise there is parking next to the school. Planned stops are at Maes for 11's & Keswick for lunch.  Ride as planned is about 55miles, but can be cut short slightly in event of adverse weather (a possibilty if you believe the current weather forecast).
Come to house at 09:00 if you would a coffee before the start and afterwards for tea & cake to celebrate my birthday!
Hope to see you Sunday
tel 016974 76407

CJ's 28th Feb Ride

Thank you all for your best wishes on the get well card to myself. I am out of hospital (as from Tues pm) and on the mend. Hope to see those of you on Bill's ride at Maes on Sunday.  Paul